COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — NBC4 aired the latest episode of “The Conversation” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. 

The program was an in-depth discussion about racial inequality in central Ohio hosted by NBC4’s Matt Barnes and Jennifer Bullock.

On the episode of “The Conversation,” NBC4 examined the subject of DEI — diversity, equity and inclusion — and where things stand in our community within this framework. The presentation also posed the question of what improvements the community has seen in representation.

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“The Conversation” also explored how local Black-owned small businesses only make up 4% of the City of Columbus business community and what changes are being discussed to create a more inclusive economy. For support for Black-owned businesses visit FreedomEquity.org.

Plus, NBC4 highlighted Ann B. Walker and her trailblazing career in journalism and broadcasting. Walker was the first woman to cover the Ohio legislature and the first in Columbus to interview Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her ability to blend social issues with journalism, allowed for deep connections throughout the community.

For more links and resources visit ‘The Conversation’ resources page.

“The Conversation” is an Emmy Award-winning series that began in the summer of 2020. The series won the category of Community Service in 2021 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ohio Valley Chapter. NBC4 has released 14 episodes of “The Conversation.” To see more episodes of “The Conversation” go to www.NBC4i.com/TheConversation.